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for your media project c.d.o. don carty dot com. hey guys i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set so yesterday that medical woke up to yet another mass killing spree right here in washington d.c. in the coming days you'll probably hear the same superficial debate playing out across the corporate media the n.r.a. will blame it on anything but guns in the far left will demonize the entire gun holding population but considering how the us has placed itself as the military capital the world cup is no surprise that many americans have chosen to militarize themselves their eighty nine firearms per one hundred people in this country nearly twice as many guns per capita than the next highest gun toting nation for every one hundred thousand people in the us more than three will die of the hand of a gun by far the highest rate in industrialized world so what's to blame and so
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unique problem and one that requires a more thoughtful analysis of how and why these things happen here in america and it begs the question just how many more mass shootings will we have to endure until this debate is fueled by reality and not politics. it was a. very hard to take i. should. have you ever had sex with her make her look. stupid.
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so temper seventeen two thousand and eleven was the wake of the financial collapse people were losing their homes and on able to pay their debts part of the top one percent remained completely unaffected so on that day americans decided to stand up to corporate greed and let wall street bankers know that it's time for real change . i think. that. the economy is crashing around the filibuster and people are starving to death and people don't have johnson and you walk down the streets of manhattan and there's more homeless people than you could ever imagine and yet the greed in these
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corporations you want to eat million dollar trips around the really the kitchen sink you deserve you can do much. to go somewhere and die because it's not even ok there's a lot of people didn't work very well and for what they have and what they found what they were losing. the cuts. that misconception about the whole of this is that america thinks that we're ok and we already know that and more people need to get together like this we're a protest for our rights and what we need to service human beings because people don't seem to get it that's for me there was nothing abner with all about these demonstrators this is nowhere comparable to write to me gandhi or martin luther king for me it was just an ironic me it's my group. and they only shave. treatment protesters five on four i think it was. i want to.
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thank you. thank you so much and other things like the one thing. i. will never. forget everybody on the scale. it's been two years since the occupy wall street movement erupted across the country and since that time the outrage at the u.s. financial system has only escalated new reuters poll shows that only fifteen percent of americans are satisfied with the government's effort to prosecute wall street bankers in the aftermath of the financial collapse former police captain ray lewis is part of the other eighty five percent but he would argue he's also part of
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the ninety nine percent st louis was a retired captain of the philadelphia police force when he decided to go to new york and protest in full uniform and surprisingly he was arrested along with many others and instead of receiving support from his fellow officers he was instead were threatened with the retract. and at this pension to talk more about his activism and why you chose to protest on behalf of the people instead of the rich and powerful i'm joined now by ray lewis thank you so much for coming on ray thank you abbie for having me so ray have you continued with your activism since being arrested occupy wall street. i absolutely have even though it hasn't been published i've been involved in a number of different protest awesome dear former fellow officers stand in solidarity with their beliefs or have they made you a pariah. most of them have made me a pariah because in my activities in philadelphia i tried to talk to
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a few of the blueshirts younger officers and as soon as i start a conversation they turn their head but i have ran into some a few commanders who i worked with and knew me personally and they talk with me and they are not necessary support me but they're very willing to let me know that they're on my side in regards to. the movement and raid the police claim they went after you because you're misrepresenting a force of course but you say it was about corporate corruption what really went on there. well as soon as i got to rest of the wall street couple days later i got a letter from my own union to turn order police and when i was opening it i thought they were going to tell me wrong we're aware of what happened and we want to let you know we're going to support you in any way you need. it wasn't the
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case here the letter said that they got a complaint a grievance from the pension director and that there was going to be a hearing so they tried to intimidate me by bringing up my pension but it didn't work i'm still protesting in full uniform and because of these threats i mean do you have any regrets i mean you did go through a really hard time facing these threats and also facing almost removing you from the union. i have not one regret nor did i ever come even close to regretting anything i've done in this movement amazing amazing i know that you served as a source of inspiration for a lot of people is really moving to see you in full uniform out there along with all the protesters re considering how police pensions and other benefits are so closely tied to what happens on wall street why do you think the majority of police were and still are so antagonistic toward the movement they're not realizing
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they're part of the ninety nine percent. what a couple reasons. one is that they cannot relate to the occupiers the occupiers look different they dress different they lived different and zuccotti park and what you can't relate to you fear and what you fear you're more likely to attack and that's why a lot of this action was attributed to the police officers the other thing is every officer and this is a big reason by the way every officer before they join the force they have to take a test it's called a minnesota multi-phase sic personality inventory test it's not does not measure intelligence it measures different aspects of your personality the two that come into importance here are number one they measure your aggressiveness they are
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looking for aggressive police because you need aggression in this field of work the other thing they're looking for is a level of in sensitivity because if they hire somebody who sensitive they feel that that person is not going to be able to handle the blood and guts and they'll quit and then they will have lost the six months worth of training that they gave that officer what they don't realize in hiring the insensitive person is that person is more likely to beat up someone and then you've got a twenty five million dollars lawsuit so it's not cost effective to hire insensitive people wow that's fascinating that's an end to explore more i had no idea that there was this kind of personality has to vet in place officers do you think that those two factors are why we saw such aggression and a lot of brutality among that movement. though those two factors and the fact that
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like i said earlier the police cannot relate to these occupiers whatsoever. also as a. came out later law enforcement organizations were engaging in extensive spying man infiltration of these groups and why do you think so many federal resources were spent trying to stop occupy wall street it was actually a compliment to. wall street that's how much they feared the possible success of this movement. why do you think they feared it so much. because we wanted to take down wall street and we wanted to take down the corporations and the corporations are what control this country they are what control every politician by contributing so much money to them that they will win the election in effect the politicians are merely puppets and it is the corporations that control this company . i'm sorry this country has sometimes it's hard to tell the difference because
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it's run like a corporation you know as a participant of occupy wall street looking back i have over the evolution of the movement and how it went off into a lot of different organizations that are more directly linked to specific actions what do you think the biggest success was the biggest success was the ninety nine percent versus the one percent slogan whoever thought of that was a genius because that made a lot of sense to a lot of people across this country they realized when they read that a certain c.e.o. was making thirty seven thousand dollars a minute. and they were making thirty seven thousand dollars a year it will come up and so bringing that to light made a lot of people realize wow there's not just rich people in this country there's filthy rich people in this country and i deserve some of that money when somebody is a multibillion there and they are paying their employees minimum wage and will
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not give them benefits something's wrong i agree i think the conversation the shifting of the dialogue was really the biggest success that came out of that those statistics that you just outlined are really shocking but ray you know any quality is higher than ever before two years after walking occupy took place i mean what do you think the happened to we need to get in the streets again how can we really make wall street accountable. we can't there are too powerful and they also they have their police on their side the first sign i held up the day i was arrested stated and why i. do not be wall street mercenaries and unfortunately they are so we are not going to bring down wall street like we thought in an occupy way what is going to have to happen is we're going to have to have a major economic meltdown. i fear that you're right it has to get
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a lot worse before it gets better ray lewis former philadelphia police captain thank you so much for everything you do standing up on the side of the people thank you abbi. our team has been there since day one of the occupy movement not my break my fellow corresponds to look back in the past two years the demonstrations the ground. league. players. legal. or legal the. little lower lip.
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or little cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want. a little. the conflict. over. that you know the price is the only industry specifically mentioned in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy albus. role. in fact the single biggest threat facing our nation today is the corporate takeover of our government and our craft semi-colons we've been hydrangeas right handful of transnational corporations that will profit by destroying what our founding fathers once will trust my job market and on this show we reveal the big picture of what's actually going on in the world if we go beyond identifying the problem to try
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rational debate and a real discussion of critical issues facing america to find her job ready to join the movement then welcome to the big picture. the news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to corporations rule the day. occupy wall street with a movement born in new york in
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a short time protesters were occupying public spaces all across the country and even the world the mass arrests the eviction of the camps r t was there and the corporate media was not joining me now to get some insight on the movement on the two year anniversary i'm joined by our to correspond from only known l.a. . in new york and breaking a separate user manual route for the right here in d.c. we thank you everyone for joining me and jump right in here. i want to start with you in new york on the anniversary talk about the demonstrations happening today well i mean today was largely you know a birthday party was a celebration of what started two years ago we saw people gathering early on in the morning park where it all started two years ago and then events continued all throughout the day actually just now minutes ago outside our office at least a thousand people marched the group of occupiers still chanting on the streets today calling for stopping and frisking wall street calling for taxing the one percent curiously all of the issues that were debated today are the exact same
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topics that were around two years ago still wealth inequality is a huge problem occupy wall street wants student debt eradicated they want an end to the crazy military industrial complex all of these social economic political issues that were around two years ago that prompted people to initially come out onto the streets they still remain today and that's why people in such big numbers really more than we expected came out in new york today and ramon you were covering occupy extensively in l.a. what would you say looking back kind of offering some reflection on the biggest success of the movement were clearly emboldened the regular people who were not political to come out and fight back against corporate and state power i think you pointed out earlier in the show how animosity towards wall street has never been higher and that these occupiers were really expressing what the american public was already feeling in the aftermath though after the encampments were torn down one of the most successful things that we've seen is occupy fights for closures where
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families who also were not political but were victimized by these too big to fail banks are fighting back they're staying in their homes with the help and the aid of occupiers and. an unfortunate and inadvertent result of occupy also was the exposure. police motorized ation in the u.s. many of these men many and middle class white america weren't really privy to all the police brutality happening in the u.s. and in fact many community organizers here in l.a. who worked in poor minority neighborhoods warned the occupiers to not get too cozy with the police and in the end the occupiers and the hard away police brutality was and how the state can really crack down violently on political dissent very well put yeah i member in oakland kind of the police cracking down in my backyard and there was one particular mark during the day where there was tear gas canisters and smoke grenades being launched you know mothers pushing babies and carriages it was really shocking very very shocking many on the flip side though there have been
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plenty of criticisms of course on occupy from the establishment the corporate media a lot of other people what do you think the biggest pitfall of this movement was i think it's it would be unfair to say that the movement fail if it gets erroneous when we hear people say oh occupy failed they were able to mobilize enough and organize and get a leadership going but to some extent that criticism is is fair i think that when you live in a representative democracy and you hear a lot of the gripes that the protesters and the demonstrators had about changing stablish meant they were trying to change the system of government in the united states we have a system of government in place that allows for change that allows for people to go into congress and enact change the danger with that is that when you compare occupy wall street to something like the tea party for example that was so easily co-opted by the republican party it's hard to say is it a failure on occupy wall street's part but what i really would have liked to have seen was some sort of political action from them in congress to get some people
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like to kind of have leaders state by state community by community kind of voting people into congress and acting change the way we saw it with elizabeth warren to some extent for massachusetts but we really didn't see it on a large scale we certainly didn't see it in the for. level and we you know hardly saw it on a state by state local level so i think that that's probably where where you would would accurately say but they failed right i think that it was kind of the benefit and the failure was the lack of leadership and i really would have loved to have seen a lot more of leadership and organization in terms of putting people up in prominent positions that could have maybe gained some political traction they're not even though encampments aren't up anymore they've been multiple spin off groups of occupy rolling as you believe in and other things what do you think about the evolution of the movement now into more issues specific direct action groups well i think what's curious here is when people talk about you know whether or not occupy is still alive have they completely fallen apart the curious thing are these smaller groups and to some extent the officials that diderot akkad thought they
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were eradicating occupy wall street by a victim them from these big or permanent camps what they ended up doing is because they threw people out of the park and other camps throughout the country they prompted people to find these this different way of organizing and this is something that's been a big game changer least according to you know the results that were achieved because if initially we had thousands if not tens of thousands of people throughout certainly the united states with hundreds of different messages and concerns what we have now are more narrowly focused groups such as strike that is focused on eradicating medical and student debt throughout the u.s. such as occupy sandy you know it's going to be a year soon since hurricane sandy hit and activists are telling us that still thousands of people are misplaced and still in major need of help so it's groups like these that are able to provide more attentive and focus attention to specific issues that society is faced with and to that extent in some ways they have been
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more efficient being smaller but more multiply groups than just one big huge group of people on the streets of the united states great point yeah i mean these smaller more more focus groups are potentially even more active in more successful than even the broader. groups ramon based on what manny was saying earlier why do you that we haven't seen occupy take that presence and state and federal government like the tea party did i mean is it just kind of that the tea party was totally co-opted and i mean why do there is such a lack of political support for occupy is ideals sure well when occupy first started it was openly and blatantly mocked by the mainstream media many in the media calling the occupiers socialists and as we know socialism is still a dirty word here in the u.s. and no politician wants to be associated with that obviously when it comes to the tea party they were very well funded by conservative groups and obviously backed by fox news and in reality in covering the occupy movement a lot of the occupiers really didn't want to be part of the system which they
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consider to be corrupt they wanted to flip it. that being said that they are still making an impact politically local leave the city of richmond california is taking on a controversial plan to save homeowners that are underwater on their mortgage mortgage on the state level earlier william daley who used to work for obama said he's not going to run for governor they were attacking him because calling him a banker who who oversaw the collapse of the economy and at the federal level we've seen larry summers who if it weren't for occupied many people may not have known the role that he played in the deregulation of wall street so while occupy didn't make its way into government it definitely seems to be playing a little bit of an influential role in it and many and we have about thirty seconds left but what is it going to take is it take something really bad to happen a total collapse for things to get better and for us to really push for change you
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know i i can't help but think of what kept it real louis so that it's going to take an economic meltdown or something really bad for that to happen i'm a little bit more optimistic i see occupy wall street as a first step toward that as a step that that says we don't have to have a gigantic catastrophe for a cynic change people are able to get together and come together as a community and enact change and to kind of build up with you know these or smaller spinoff groups of occupy wall street that are an acting change so i think that you know there doesn't need to be a big test for we have it within ourselves to make that change work inside and outside of the system direct action get involved you guys thank you so much all they are two correspondents from around the nation. for. these last. two years ago something profound happened in this country and thousands staged
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a sit in in new york city and one mass demonstration against corporate greed and. unprecedented move for my generation they didn't leave and said thousands camped out reclaiming the streets for themselves in the heart of america's financial district soon thousands more joint and turn sparking up occupy camps in almost every major city in every state at first the corporate media totally discounted the protests when the crowd grew too large to ignore the establishment move to ridicule instead. the occupy wall street protest entered its third week today what started as less than a dozen college students camping out in a park near the new york stock exchange is now hundreds of protesters and it spread to other cities but one of the protesting nobody seems to know to organize believes that reflects the media coverage of the occupiers most of it favorable to them despite the violence and anti semitism truly incredible when you think about it having sex in public doing drugs def it caving on cars and those around other
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cities that were actually being violent breaking store windows cursing out police and all that i mean those guys. those guys you know you know they said there is no unified message but you can't just have one message against an entire system that's responsible for so many problems i was there on the first day of occupy oakland and i heard from people from all walks of life why they chose to be there. let's start with the three years and. you're. thinking. well you know that you. really are. the cause. of all time. a lot of times my voice is heard i'm here because i believe it's time for ordinary people to rise up against the corporatocracy maybe. lifetime years from now i was here last night and help. maybe it's just me but i think the
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unifying message is that the system is obviously bro. again this realisation by so many is what scared the establishment the most which is why soon after this organic resistance came a wave of militarized crackdowns by police on almost every camp for the next month there were countless incidents of brutality aggression and violence by police donned and paramilitary gear in new york four hundred people were arrested on the brooklyn bridge in seattle an eighty year old woman pepper sprayed in the face and berkeley kids were beat with the tongues in santa cruz mace rained down on students in my home town of oakland california thousands of police in march the streets beating brutalizing and launching tear gas canisters and smoke grenades at peaceful protesters what you're seeing now is footage i shot of a normal night in oakland the hide the crackdown all of this on their direct orders
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from the federal government which made sure every camp was boarded up for good. luck two years ago was the birth of a grassroots movement organized against the system as a whole and that's why occupy wall street pose such a threat to the establishment occupy didn't die it's signified a monumental shift in consciousness and that's not something that simply goes away . unexplored antarctica what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people who
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come here. which is why now i only go to the. the day. and enter into. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new group of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. what i used to be a bureaucrat. seriously. want to adventure as a way to end this mysterious land where do they live want to eat and want to be actually doing it on top to go. with the law prof carey deal on syria's chemical weapons and boy it would appear the international system is returning to some kind of multilateral order the united states remains to world's only military superpower but that same power can now be put into check can washington cope with this new geo political reality.
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that you know the prize is the only industry specifically mention in the constitution and. that's because a free and open press is critical to our democracy which help us. never go on i'm sorry and on this show we reveal the picture of what's actually going on will we go beyond identifying problems to try to fix rational debate a real discussion critical issues facing america have a number of them ready to join the movement then walk a big. ball and tell more about washington d.c. and here's what's coming up tonight on the big picture. another day another mass shooting monday's massacre at the naval yard was.

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